The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.
Born on 21 April 1926, Elizabeth became heir to the throne when her father became King George VI, upon the abdication of his brother Edward VIII in December 1936. On Nov. 20, 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, a distant cousin whose mother was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria. When George VI died on 6 February, 1952, Elizabeth came to the throne at the age of 25.
The 2d, 3d, 4d and 8d stamps were designed by J Berry, the 1s 6d stamp designed by L C Mitchell. The 2d and 4d stamps were printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co, the 3d and 8d stamps by Harrison and Sons and the 1s 6d by Waterlow and Sons.
Information included on this page sourced from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand published by the Royal Philatelic Society of NZ. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: https://www.rpsnz.org.nz/
Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: http://www.nzsgb.org.uk/
This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 3 on 18 December 1952.
Product Listing for Coronation
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|Date of Issue:||25 May 1953|
|Designers:||J Berry and L C Mitchell|
|Printers:||Harrison and Sons, England; Thomas De La Rue, England and Waterlow and Sons, England|
|Stamp Size:||2d, 4d and 1s 6d: 40mmm x 24mm; 3d and 8d: 24mm x 27mm|
|Sheet Size:||120 stamps per sheet (the 2d and 4d being in two panes of 60)|
|Process:||2d, 4d and 8d: Recess printed - Intaglio; 3d and 8d: Photogravure|
|Perforation Gauge:||14 x 13.5|
|Paper Type:||Wiggins Teape 'Royal Cypher', multiple NZ and star watermark; Guard Bridge Mill, watermarked multiple NZ and star|